i am a steve garvey fan, but for now, i find joe torre's attempt to own the dodgers a tad more appealing. that is because i can be bought. sure garvey has returned my ttm requests, but his partner in the dodger ownership endeavor, orel hershiser, has left me 0 for 2. well, as of christmas eve, i am 1 for 2 with joe torre.
i sent him a couple of cards c/o the dodgers way back in 2009 when he was still managing the club. reader and dodger auto hound had told me that torre was a pretty good signer some days (in person) but he wasn't too sure about ttm. sure enough, i have not seen those cards since.
then last season, with torre essentially replacing bob watson in the mlb offices, i sent a couple more cards, this time to new york. i was hoping torre would follow watson's lead and sign the cards and maybe even include his business card. about 6 months later, i received them in the mail.
here's his 2009 topps card
it's also cool because it means that i now have an autographed card from every dodger manager from walter alston to don mattingly. i'll have to get a post together sometime. in the meantime, i'll wait for the bulldog to sway my non-existent vote.